Maya Jama: This is the inspirational success story of the new Love Island host

From rags to riches, Maya Jama's career growth is straight out of a fairytale. Here's why.

Maya Jama: This is the inspirational success story of the new Love Island host
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Maya Jama: This is the inspirational success story of the new Love Island host

Maya Jama is a name that has steadily gained popularity in many households over the years. Being an inspiring success story, Maya Jama literally started from the bottom to get to where she is today, the host of one of the most popular reality TV shows, Love Island.

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People know her for her glamor, her personality, and her presentation skills, but what not many people know is her success story. Here’s her inspiring story.

Maya Jama’s success story

Maya Jama was neither born into privilege nor fame. Instead, she worked her way up from the bottom. The now-superstar moved to London while she was a teenager to pursue her dream of escaping family turmoil and other difficult circumstances.

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Maya Jama’s success story

Now, she is all set to debut as the host of Love Island, which is a 360-degree turn in her life. From eating £1 ­chicken-shop meals every day and working part-time to landing a role at MTV, her career has slowly but steadily seen growth. She is also a successful entrepreneur making tremendous sales in selling makeup and drinks with her popular brand, MIJ. She has also collaborated with brands such as Adidas, McDonald’s, and Bacardi.

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Maya’s troubled childhood

Maya faced a lot of adversity growing up, as her father was in and out of prison. Her unsteady childhood resulted in her growing up without a father figure for most of her life. But as per an old interview, Maya learned to joke about her situation and always tried to see the silver lining. She said:

If people said, 'Where's your dad?' I'd say, 'Oh, he's in jail' and I'd laugh about it. It wasn't something I sat at home and cried about.

To add to her misfortune, she lost her then-boyfriend at the age of 16 as he was caught in the crossfire of a gunfight, as per Daily Mail UK.

Sources used:

- Daily Mail UK: 'Who is the REAL Maya Jama? The life of new Love Island host'

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